50 inspirational quotes by women

I think we all need more positive vibes in our lives.

With all that is happening in the world – especially the gruesome and heartbreaking discoveries and decisions of the last few weeks – it is easy to be disappointed in or demoralized about the state of humanity and world we live in. To stop being too sad and negative, and remind myself that it is still possible to inspire and create change, I looked up quotes by some of the most inspirational people known to man. Then I searched specifically for the words of other women. I share below 50 inspirational quotes by women.


50 Inspirational Quotes by Women

On confidence, courage and vulnerability

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion with one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” ― Brené Brown

“Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have time for it. Not now.” ―Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” ―Marianne Williamson

“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” – Beyonce Knowles-Carter

On honesty, genuineness and authenticity

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” — Gloria Steinem

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” –Coco Chanel

On life and living

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Theresa

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you are always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” – Amelia Earhart

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”  – Anaïs Nin

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Mary Louise Alcott

“Lives fall apart when they need to be rebuilt.” — Iyanla Vanzant

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” – Colette

On power and influence

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”— Alice Walker

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai

“Let’s remember not to take our voices for granted.” – Melinda Gates

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” ―Madeleine Albright

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

On relationships

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion.” ― Simone de Beauvoir

“Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other and it takes time to know each other.” ― bell hooks

“When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.” — Sheryl Sandberg

“Walls turned sideways are bridges.” ― Angela Davis

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” ― Indira Gandhi

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” — Helen Keller

On self

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” –Judy Garland

“You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg

“Your body hears everything your mind says.” — Naomi Judd

“I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.” ― Alexandra Elle

“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ― Anne Frank

“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” – Princess Diana

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

“I am still a work in progress and hope to always be.” – Lupita Nyong’o

On opportunity and success

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” –Ingrid Bergman

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.”– Oprah Winfrey

“Success is only meaningful–and enjoyable–if it feels like your own.” —Michelle Obama

On travel and exploring

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“You must go on adventures to find out where you belong.”– Sue Fitzmaurice

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag

“I didn’t know where I was going until I got there.” – Cheryl Strayed

On women and womanhood

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” ― Simone de Beauvoir

“Where there is a woman there is magic.”— Ntozake Shange

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”— Virginia Woolf

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” — Madeleine Albright

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”― Margaret Thatcher

“I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.” — Maya Angelou

To my fellow women: I encourage you to refer to these words and search for more whenever you need inspiration or just a reminder of how powerful and great you are as a woman – they work.


What other quotes would you add to this list? Who inspires you?


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  1. wwornheels
    17 December 2017 / 7:49 pm

    Love love this!!!

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